Scores

Final

Baylor 24

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Wake Forest 21

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: BTN

3:30 PM ET, September 5, 2009

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 T
BAY 10 0 14 024
WAKE 0 7 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin III (BAY) - 136 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Finley (BAY) - 14 CAR, 91 YDS

Receiving: D. Gettis (BAY) - 5 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Baylor avenges '08 loss behind Griffin's stellar play

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Robert Griffin completed his first eight passes, finishing with 136 yards passing and a touchdown, to help Baylor beat Wake Forest 24-21 on Saturday.

Kendall Wright ran for a touchdown, wide receiver Ernest Smith passed for a score and David Gettis caught one for the Bears, who opened last season with a 41-13 home loss to the Demon Deacons.

Dinich: Bears Showing Teeth

Those within Baylor's program say this is a different, more confident and experienced team than last year under Art Briles, and it certainly showed on Saturday against Wake Forest, writes Heather Dinich. Blog
• ACC blog

Griffin, the 2008 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, also ran for 41 yards on 13 carries for Baylor. Joe Pawelek finished with seven tackles, a sack and an interception.

The Bears snapped a nine-game road losing streak, which dated back to a 34-21 victory against Buffalo last season.

After Wake Forest's Riley Skinner threw his second interception, the Bears took a 17-7 lead early in the third quarter when Wright scored on a 37-yard run. Baylor pulled ahead by 17 points later in the quarter when Smith caught a lateral from Griffin and then tossed a 33-yard touchdown to Lanear Sampson.

Skinner connected with Andrew Parker for a 5-yard touchdown with 3:57 remaining to bring the Deacons within 24-21. That was as close as they would get, with Griffin and Baylor running all but the final 1:23 off the clock.

Skinner, who is currently the all-time ACC leader in completion percentage, completed 20 of 31 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAY
WAKE
1st Downs1819
Total Yards366269
Passing169143
Rushing197126
Penalties10-905-40
3rd Down Conversions5-135-13
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers14
Possession30:0929:51

Passing Leaders

BaylorC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin III15/241365.710
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Skinner20/311434.623

Rushing Leaders

BaylorCARYDSAVGTDLG
Finley14916.5024
Wright45112.8137
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown8465.8018
Givens3289.3014

Receiving Leaders

BaylorRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gettis56513.0137
Sampson13333.0133
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams44210.5022
Williams44210.5019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBAYWAKE
TD11:10David Gettis 8 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin III (Ben Parks Kick) 70
FG00:45Ben Parks 22 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERBAYWAKE
TD06:45Mike Rinfrette 2 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 107
THIRD QUARTERBAYWAKE
TD13:12Kendall Wright 37 Yd Run (Ben Parks Kick) 177
TD05:07Lanear Sampson 33 Yd Pass From Ernest Smith (Ben Parks Kick) 247
TD00:10Devon Brown 19 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Shane Popham Kick) 2414
FOURTH QUARTERBAYWAKE
TD03:57Andrew Parker 5 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Shane Popham Kick) 2421